Source: p 12 and 48, The Law of Contract, 5 ed (2012), O’Sullivan and Hilliard
p 12: In order
to work out whether there was a valid off er in our car example, we ask whether it
should have appeared to you that I was off ering to sell my car, not whether it was my
actual intention to do this. Th is is known as the principle of ‘objective intention’ and
is discussed further later. So a party might be bound by a contract even though this
is the last thing he intends.
p 48: Even if certain terms of economic or other signifi cance to the parties have not
been fi nalised, an objective appraisal of their words and conduct may lead to the conclusion
that they did not intend agreement of such terms to be a precondition to a concluded
and legally binding agreement…
“Intend” is sometimes used as a transitive verb, that is, it is followed with a noun that is a thing that you want to do or have. The most common example is, “I intended no harm.”
Usually, though, it is followed by an infinitive verb. “Bob intended to run to the store”, “We intended to complete the project by November.” Etc.
As FumbleFingers says, in this case the writer may have intended (!) to mean, “he intended to be bound by a contract” rather than “he intended a contract”. Either way the meaning should be clear.